Just when you thought England was going to offer the toughest competition to a USA bid for World
Cup 2018 comes word from down under that Austrialia is poised to bid on the event.
Having already covered a World Cup on the opposite side of the world in 2002 let me say that
Australia would be a less than ideal alternative than England for American soccer fans, with the
time difference being the biggest obstacle.
If you were already planning for the possibility of the 2018 World Cup being held in the United
States, don't hold your breath.
FIFA has decided to scrap the rotation policy for hosting World Cups after Brazil hosts the 2014
World Cup. That means that rather than CONCACAF being assured of hosting 2018, the bidding for the
2018 World Cup will now be open to the highest bidder and provider of bribes perks).
(Apologies for the re-post but the blog does that sometimes when changes are made.)
Eric Wynalda may make jokes about a lot of things, be it poor officiating or poor finishing, but
the ESPN soccer analyst insists that the last thing he was trying to do was make a joke about the
wildfires in California during the ESPN2 broadcast of the Chicago-DC United playoff game on
Good morning folks. It is a CHILLY day on the East Coast and it should be a busy day on SBI. I
spoke to Eric Wynalda about his comments during last week's Fire-DC match and he helped clear up
just what happened. I will post that shortly. I will also post a revamped European club Top 25
(Yes, 25) as well as an Americans Abroad update, which will surely lead with Freddy Adu's latest
Freddy Adu's stock keeps on rising. The young American striker scored his first league goal for
Benfica, netting a game-winner in the 87th minute to help Benfica score a 2-1 victory against
Maritimo on Sunday.
Adu's goal follows his Champions League group stage debut at midweek and his late game-tying
goal in Benfica's Portuguese Cup match last weekend.
Good evening folks. I'm at Giants Stadium and we're a few minutes from kickoff. I will be doing
a running commentary from tonight's match. Follow along and feel free to share your thoughts on the
Enjoy the match:
HALFTIME- It's scoreless and the Red Bulls have controlled the play.
Good afternoon folks. I'm about to head to Giants Stadium in a little bit for tonight's playoff
game between New England and the Red Bulls and had to post about this mornings Chelsea-Manchester
For those of you who missed it, Chelsea poured on the style and skill in absolutely destroying a
Manchester City team that had looked pretty good this season.
If it feels like it's been a few weeks since big European clubs squared off in league matches,
it's because it has been a while. The wait is over this weekend as a pair of games on Sunday will
give you a can't-miss doubleheader.
AC Milan faces Roma and Liverpool meets Arsenal in a pair of Sunday fixtures you will be able to
catch on your favorite soccer channels.
If you're an American soccer fan who loves the English Premier League, and have always dreamed
of seeing an EPL game live, your dream may come true. No, you didn't win a contest for a trip to
England. The EPL may come to you.
In the wake of the NFL's trip to London, with the New York Giants playing the Miami Dolphins,
EPL owners have stated that playing EPL games in the United States could be a possibility.
If you watched Thursday's night ESPN2 broadcast of Chicago vs. DC United there is a very good
chance you heard ESPN color analyst Eric Wynalda deliver an unfortunate comment that had to leave
some viewers stunned.
As ESPN2 cameras panned to the Chicago Fire supporter's group Section 8 with about 15 minutes
left in the match, fans in the section set off flares that gave off a red, fire-like glare.
All eyes were on Cuauhtemoc Blanco but it was a more familiar face that gave Fire fans reason to
celebrate on Thursday night.
Chris Rolfe's 14th-minute goal gave the Chicago Fire a 1-0 win over DC United in game one of
their Eastern Conference playoff series. The series now shifts to DC, where United will play host
to the Fire at RFK Stadium next Thursday.
Good morning folks. The latest round of Champions League action is behind us but that doesn't
mean there isn't good European soccer to be seen.
The UEFA Cup returns today with all 32 teams preparing for action in the first round of group
stage games. There are some appealing matchups and some unique pairings in the mix. Fox Soccer
Channel will be showing the Tottenham-Getafe tilt, otherwise known as the Martin Jol Death Watch,
at 2:30 p.
Good morning folks. I'm about to head to Red Bulls practice so I can enjoy some of this great
weather and I couldn't help but wonder what Red Bulls fans were thinking as far as a lineup they
would like to see on Saturday against New England.
It's game one of the playoff series and a victory is a must. What starting XI would you want to
Good morning folks. As you know, I try to make it a habit of answering all the questions
submitted for the Q&As. Well, it didn't quite work out that way the last time. There were so many
questions that I left off a good number of them. I didn't forget about them, I just needed some
free time to get them done and I had to get them done so I could clear the way for the next
Good afternoon folks. Today's Champions League action is about to get underway and there are a
couple of matches on TV to tide you over.
Chelsea is facing Schalke 04 at 2:30pm on ESPN2, followed by Real Madrid playing Olympiakos on
ESPN Classic at 5pm. Feel free to post your comments on these matches and any other matches you're
watching today below in the comments section.
The MLS playoffs are set to begin tomorrow night and after doing my Eastern Conference preview
for ESPN.com I found it very interesting how close the DC-Chicago series is. You would think DC is
the easy choice based on records but this series really could go either way.
So here is my question for you SBI readers: Who will win this series and why?
Seton Hall alum and Don Bosco Prep product Ian Joyce has signed a contract with English club
Watford FC. Joyce will join fellow American Jay DeMerit on the team currently running away with
first place in the English first division.
Joyce, who played for Seton Hall in 2006, spent time with English Conference squad Gray's
Athletic before signing with Watford.
In what can be best described as one of the worst kept secrets in soccer, FIFA will formally
name Brazil as host of the 2014 World Cup. No formal announcement has been made yet but sources
have told me FIFA has completed the formality of choosing Brazil, the only South American nation to
bid for the tournament. FIFA will make the formal announcement on Tuesday in Zurich.
Good morning folks. I'm cranking out my Eastern Conference playoff preview for ESPN.com and the
Herald News and will start with the steady posting shortly. The first thing I wanted to talk about
was my list of Top 5 players in the world.
Yes, it took less than a day but I have changed my mind. This is my new list:
After impressing in a reserve role for the U.S. national team against Switzerland on Wednesday,
Adu rejoined Benfica and played the role of super sub again, scoring a stoppage-time equalizer to
help Benfica salvage a 1-1 tie Setubal in the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup.
Adu's goal is his second in a row in Cup play and could help lead to the youngster seeing more
time for Benfica, which will take part in Champions League play this week.
Good afternoon all. Today's slate of Champions League matches is about to begin and I figured
since many of you will be watching several of today's eight matches it would be a good time for a
running commentary post.
I will be watching Rangers-Barcelona and doing a commentary off it. If you are watching another
match, be it via satelitte TV or internet, feel free to chime in on what's happening in the match
you are watching.
Good morning folks. Apologies for the slow posting but I had some blog-related work to do.
I was reading some soccer mags recently and stumbled on the issue of 4-4-2 that included a
valiant though flawed list of the top 100 players in the world. The magazine's criteria wasn't
based purely on current form only so some selections were a bit puzzling.
The Champions League is back and what better way to welcome it back then with a juicy match-up
between Barcelon and Rangers on ESPN2.
Today's match, set for 2:30pm, features Barca, fresh off a tough loss to Villarreal, and
Rangers, which is fresh off a 3-0 rout against Celtic in their Old Firm clash. Winning at Ibrox
won't be easy for Barcelona but neither will stopping the trio of Ronaldinho, Messi and Henry.
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati just announced that Greg Ryan will not be retained as U.S.
women's national team coach. A search is under way for his replacement and the federation wants a
replacement selected within the next 30 to 45 days. Mia Hamm will play a key role in helping find a
It isn't exactly a surprise but, now that this formality is out of the way, what do you think
should happen next?
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati will hold a conference call today at 4 p.m. to address the
status of U.S. women's national team head coach Greg Ryan. It is unclear what Gulati has in store
but if it is anything but announcement that Ryan will not be retained then Gulati will be in for
more criticism than Ryan faced when he turned the Women's World Cup into his personal coaching
Good morning folks. It was a pretty good weekend of soccer action, both in Europe and here in
the United States and lost in the drama of the final weekend of the MLS regular season was word out
of the Philly area that Philadelphia is gaining serious momentum toward being the next MLS
Delaware County officials have approved $30 million in funding toward a proposed $115 million
stadium to be built in Chester, a Philly suburb.
Good morning folks. Apologies for the absence of posts on Saturday (Attending a wedding has a
way of taking up your whole day.)
As you may know by now, the Kansas City Wizards clinched one of the two remaining MLS playoff
berths with a 2-0 win against FC Dallas on Saturday. The other playoff spot remained unclaimed as
the Colorado Rapids blew their chance to clinch by dropping a 1-0 decision at home to arch-rival
Real Salt Lake.
Okay folks, I know some of you were wondering when I would post the rest of my picks for MLS
awards. I figured I could just post the rest today, though they won't be having the in-depth
analysis I provided for MVP and coach of the year awards.
Here are my picks for MLS Rookie, Defender, Newcomer and Goalkeeper of the Year:
Good afternoon folks. It is that time. Time for you to plan your weekends around your addiction
There are no true CAN'T-MISS matches this weekend, but plenty of action worth watching and
TIVOing. Now remember, if there are games that I haven't listed you can feel free to add them in
the comments section. I try to focus on the main soccer stations but I know there are plenty more
places showing games, I just don't have time to dig them all up.
From the "It could be nothing or it could be SOMETHING." Department comes a little-known tidbit
from last night's Red Bulls-Galaxy match. The match official last night was Kevin Stott, or some
may say an evil twin who found his FIFA badge in a cereal box, but Stott wasn't the referee
originally assigned to the match.
Good evening folks. We are about an hour from kickoff of the Red Bulls and Galaxy match and I'm
afraid I won't be able to do a running commentary tonight but I figured I could put up a post to
give you folks somewhere to discuss the match.
MLS commissioner Garber was in Portland recently to gauge the interest in awarding an expansion
team to the soccer-crazed northwestern city and things are looking good for the home of the
Timbers. This article in the Oregonian paints a nice picture of the city's chances of landing one
of the league's next expansion teams.
With Seattle set to join MLS in 2009, adding Portland would create an automatic rivalry that
would be among the best, if not the best, in the league.
Hello all. I know I was supposed to post my choice for coach of the year on Wednesday but things
got a bit busy in SBI Land.
So what makes someone worthy of coach of the year? Is it taking a team without talent and
helping it exceed expectations? Is it taking a talented team and helping it surpass lofty goals? Is
it helping turn around a season that looked lost early on or at the midpoint?
To the surprise of nobody, Didier Drogba is not happy at Chelsea. For the first time though,
Drogba is set to state publicy that he wants to leave the English club. Friday's France Football
magazine includes an interview with Drogba where the Ivory Coast striker states, "Something is
broken with the club."
Good afternoon folks. I will be doing a running commentary on the match (hopefully, that's
assuming my laptop doesn't die on me) but before we get to that here is the U.S. national team's
starting lineup for today's friendly against Switzerland:
The large crowd in attendance to watch the Red Bulls beat Kansas City on Saturday included one
very interested spectator. Newcastle United's chief scout was in attendance and, while sources
state he was there to gauge the quality of play in Major League Soccer, it appears he was there to
scout a particular player.
No, it wasn't Jozy Altidore, at least that is what sources tell me.
There aren't many more famous and more talented soccer players in the world than Thierry Henry,
so when the French striker and Barcelona star says he loves America and New York is the best city
in the world, you have to take notice.
In an interview with the New York Times, Henry spelled out his affection for the United States
and stated that he would love to play here one day.
This isn't a news post, just some observations from my Tuesday that might be of some
Given the relatively small size of MLS it isn't easy to find signs of the league's existence in
your every day life. At least nowhere near as many as you find of the NFL, MLB or NBA. With those
leagues you see jerseys, bumper stickers, television commercials, etc.
Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has signed a new deal with Juve through 2010, putting an
end to speculation that he might wind up playing in Major League Soccer. Reports out of England
linked Del Piero to a move to MLS, but I have a feeling some of those reports were pure
I stand by my belief that Del Piero would have been a great signing for some MLS team, but now,
the chances of him coming have all but disappeared.
Good afternoon all. Apologies for the lack of posting this morning. I had a preschool field trip
with SBI junior and haven't gotten the blog phone yet (that's coming though).
Now, onto a subject that Crew fans surely have an opinion about. Mr. Sigi Schmid. For those of
you who didn't hear, Schmid told the Columbus Dispatch that his option was picked up by the Crew so
he will be heading into his third season as Crew coach in 2008.
Good morning folks. We're a day away from the U.S. national team's upcoming friendly against
Switzerland and it is time to start thinking about what sort of team Bradley will field against the
Yes, the squad he brought in to camp is very young, with several players brought in with an eye
toward the 2008 Olympic team, but that doesn't mean those fresh faces will be starting against a
team like Switzerland on the road.
When FC Dallas announced the signing of Denilson as its designated player, I voiced some very
real concerns about whether the Brazilian was worth the money and hype surrounding his acquisition.
Some six weeks into his time with Dallas, Denilson is looking like a bust.
Yes, he can still pull off a ball trick or two, but in terms of effective attacking soccer,
Denilson has left quite a bit to be desired and doesn't look capable of being a real impact player
when the playoffs start in two weeks.
New England forward Taylor Twellman has been added to the U.S. national team's roster for its
upcoming friendly against Switzerland on Wednesday.
Do I think he'll play? I can't imagine that Bob Bradley would call Twellman over just to have
him around for training. I'm not sure if he starts (as I projected before the rosters were
announced) but Twellman should get a good chance to show something against a strong Switzerland
Chelsea fans, don't go ordering your Kaka jerseys just yet.
To the surprise of very few, AC Milan has denied any truth to stories linking Kaka to a $200
million move to Chelsea.
Yes, I know, teams deny moves they are about to make all the time but this Kaka story never made
much sense. Yes, Roman Abramovich may be ready to break the bank for Kaka but Milan is fully aware
that the Brazilian star is irreplaceable and Milan ownership isn't exactly lacking funds.
Good morning folks. The topic for this week's MMCB is the MLS MVP vote. As some of you know, I
picked my winners for MLS awards two weeks ago on ESPN.com. After already changing my mind on Coach
of the Year (Tom Soehn edging out Preki), another of the awards has a new winner in my mind.
Juan Pablo Angel is the MLS MVP. Yes, I know, there's a game left in the season, but since that
last game means nothing to either the Red Bulls or DC United, which features MVP candidate Luciano
Emilio, I now see Angel as being the clear-cut choice for the league's top honor.
The Galaxy keeps on winning, the Red Bulls finally won and Columbus is looking to next year yet
Those were just some of the storylines as the MLS playoff picture moved into focus on
The Galaxy won its fifth straight game, beating Toronto 2-1 to keep its playoff hopes strong.
The Kansas City Wizards had a chance to clinch a post-season berth but instead, they kept yet
another late-season slide going by falling to the Red Bulls.
Hello folks. Welcome to the running commentary for tonight's Red Bulls match against Kansas
When Bruce Arena hinted that some changes were coming, he wasn't kidding.
Arena has benched goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus and will start Jon Conway tonight. It is a move
that needed to be made. Arena also made the defensive changes I predicted he would make, with
Carlos Mendes in the middle and Hunter Freeman replacing Chris Leitch at right back.
Good afternoon folks. Tonight is the final regular season home game for the Red Bulls and the
match should have its share of drama.
Yes, the Red Bulls already qualified for the playoffs, but they still have enough issues to make
things interesting. Bruce Arena is very likely to make changes to the Red Bulls shaky defense and
we will get to see if the misfiring attack can start finishing the chances it has wasted in recent
Good evening folks. For those of you who haven't skipped out for your Friday night festivities,
here is some light reading for you. My column on the five worst MLS trades of the 2007 season is
I'll be the first to admit that my five may not be the best five (or I guess worst five) but all
are definitely in contention.
If I had it to do over again I probably would have found a way to include Real Salt Lake dealing
a partial allocation to Toronto for Jason Kreis, who played just four games before retiring to
become head coach.
The Red Bulls playoff game in the first round will be played on Saturday night, Oct. 20th. There
was a chance the match would be picked up as the Thursday night playoff match but it was not so you
can start making your plans for a week from Saturday.
Hello all. For those of you who didn't see it, I wrote a profile on St. John's midfielder Nelson
Becerra for the Herald News. It's a pretty interesting story on a kid who could eventually emerge
as the next top midfielder to come from North Jersey.
If you've checked out MLSNET.com today there is a good chance you've seen the story about Real
Salt Lake defender Jack Stewart being named one of Cosmopolitan Magazine's 50 hottest bachelors.
While that may be good news for Stewart and the ladies of Utah, there is one slight problem.
Stewart no longer has a job.
According to sources within MLS, Stewart has been sent packing by RSL, which bid farewell to
Stewart almost two weeks ago.
AC Milan goalkeeper Dida learned the hard way that the days of flopping and getting away with it
are over (at least in Europe).
The Brazilian goalkeeper was issued a two-match suspension for his terrible acting job after a
Celtic fan ran onto the field and tapped him on the shoulder after Celtic's game-winning goal in
Champions League action last week.
U.S. Women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has seen her banishment from the team cut short.
She has been named to the U.S. women's team roster for its upcoming series of friendlies against
So what gives? Did all the wounds really heal that quickly? Did her teammates really decide to
take her back after spending the past two weeks bashing her?
The Mexican national team will face Guatemala in a friendly at the Los Angeles Coliseum on
October 17th. The match was announced today (hey, who needs more than a week's notice for an
international soccer match anyway?).
The match will be Hugo Sanchez's first appearance in LA as Mexico's coach and it will also be a
chance for Carlos Ruiz to break the Guatemalan national team record for goals.
Good morning folks. It's a rainy and ugly Wednesday morning in Jersey and I'm about to get
started on another busy day of blogging and reporting. I know it's been almost two weeks since
questions were submitted for a Q&A session and I have finally found the time to answer them.
More than 70 questions were submitted so it took a while and I will only post half of my
U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley named the 21-man squad for the team's upcoming friendly
against Switzerland on Oct. 14th.
Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley and Carlos Bocanegra lead a roster that is filled with young
players, a roster built with an eye toward the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. U.S. Under-20 stars Freddy
Adu, Danny Szetela, Chris Seitz and Sal Zizzo join Michael Bradley on the roster.
Hello folks. It is almost noon on the East Coast and I'm just waiting for U.S. Soccer to release
the roster for the upcoming training camp leading to the Switzerland friendly. As most of you saw,
I released some names last night of players who have been called in. I'm really curious to see
whether the likes of Johann Smith and Kamani Hill will join the other young players already slated
to attend the camp.
There is a change at the top but not the change you're probably thinking.
Real Madrid lost its grip on the No. 1 spot in the SBI European Top 10, but unbeaten Arsenal is
NOT the new No. 1. That distinctions goes to Barcelona, which is playing impeccable soccer these
days. Led by Lionel Messi, Barca destroyed an Atletico Madrid team that had been playing great
soccer before its trip to the Nou Camp.
The U.S. national team could have a distinctively young feel to it when it faces Switzerland in
a friendly in Basel on Oct. 17th. U.S. Under-20 national team stars Freddy Adu, Danny Szetela, Sal
Zizzo and Chris Seitz have all been called in for the training camp ahead of the senior national
team's friendly against the Swiss.
Chelsea is close to signing up some quality help for current manager Avram Grant. Current Ajax
manager Henk ten Cate is Chelsea's target to join Grant's coaching staff and the London club has
reached an agreement with Ajax for the coach's services. All that is left is for Chelsea to reach a
contract agreement with Ten Cate, which should come this week.
Marcus Hahnemann rebounded from last week's seven-goal horror show to post a shutout in
Reading's 1-0 win against Derby.
Hahnemann's shutout capped a busy weekend for Americans in Europe. You had Giuseppe Rossi
scoring again, though in a Villarreal loss this time, and Michael Bradley started for Heerenveen in
a 9-0 thrashing of Heracles.
Good morning folks. It should be a busy Monday on SBI. Be on the look out for the Americans in
Europe recap, which will post before noon today, as well as the winners from last week's You Write
the Caption contest.
This morning's topic is the MLS playoff race. Los Angeles, the team so many (including me) left
for dead last summer, is officially back in the race.
A Robin Van Persie brace, including a game-winner in the 80th minute, gave Arsenal a 3-2 victory
against a game Sunderland team. The move pushed Arsenal back ahead of Manchester United into first
place in the English Premier League.
Sunderland came back from 2-0 to tie the match in the second half but Van Persie netted the
winner with just 10 minutes left to put the Gunners back in first place.
Yes, the Los Angeles Galaxy, the team most of us left for dead in August, is back.
After going winless for two months and losing David Beckham to a serious knee injury, the Galaxy
looked ready to start planning for 2008 back in August. Coach Frank Yallop looked like a goner and
Beckham looked like he regretted ever signing his massive contract.
Thursday offered up a mixed bag of results for Americans playing in the UEFA Cup. Some survived
the day while two U.S. national team standouts saw their UEFA Cup runs end.
Michael Bradley's Heerenveen dropped a 5-1 decision in the second leg of their series with
Helsingborg, giving the Swedish club an 8-6 aggregate victory. Bradley came off in the 58th minute
as Heerenveen added a forward in an attempt to close a 4-0 gap.
Ricardo Clark's nine-game suspension has been handed down and while we're left to wonder the
logic behind the length of suspension, one thing seems clear. MLS commish Don Garber is reading
from the playbook of NFL commish Roger Goodell, issuing harsh suspensions and threatening to
deliver harsher ones in the future.
What remains to be seen is whether Carlos Ruiz, the player on the other end of Clark's vicious
kick, is going to face any of that tough MLS justice.
Major League Soccer has suspended Ricard Clark for nine games and fined him $10,000 for his kick
of Carlos Ruiz during Houston's 3-0 win against FC Dallas last weekend. The suspension will run
through the playoffs and the 2008 season.
The league made no announcement regarding Carlos Ruiz and whether he would face additional
suspension time for his role in the incident.
Soccer players pretending to have been hit is not a new thing. We just saw Carlos Ruiz pretend
to get kicked in the face when we clearly saw that he was kicked in the arm. So what make's Dida's
recent performance in AC Milan's Champions League match against Celtic different? He pretended to
have been hit by a fan AND did so AFTER already beginning to chase after the fan.
Red Bulls captain Claudio Reyna did not make the trip to Toronto for tonight's match against
Toronto FC (7pm, ESPN2). He is still recovering from turf toe that caused him to leave last
weekend's 2-2 tie with Real Salt Lake.
Here is my advance on tonight's match in today's Herald News. I talk about the right back
position and whether Bruce Arena is ready to make a change (not likely).
It is that time of year again. Time to vote for Major League Soccer's awards. Balloting for the
awards opens today and you will be able to provide your input into who you think deserves MVP,
rookie of the year and coach of the year honors, among others.
For those of you who missed it, I wrote a piece for ESPN.com earlier this week giving my picks
for the awards.
The New England Revolution will have to get started on building a trophy case.
The Revs won their first major title on Wednesday night, defeating FC Dallas, 3-2, in the U.S.
Open Cup final in Frisco on Wednesday night. Pat Noonan recorded a goal and two assists for the
Revs, who won their first trophy after losing in four different cup finals.
Good afternoon all. Today's Champions League action is less than an hour from kicking off and I
know many of you will be following along via TV or internet. I won't be doing a running commentary
on any of today's matches but I figured I could provide a place where you can post comments on the
matches you are watching.
DC United's quest for another international trophy came to an end on Tuesday night as Chivas de
Guadalajara posted a 1-0 victory in their Copa Sudamericana match, giving Chivas a home-and-home
series victory on away goals. Mexican national team midfielder Ramon Morales (above) scored the
The loss marks the second time this year that DC fell to Chivas in an international
Good afternoon folks. I know the hot topic in Major League Soccer right now is Ricardo Clark's
kick of Carlos Ruiz. The incident has folks debating how Clark should be punished and how Ruiz
should be punished.
One thing is clear from this incident. A lot of people really don't like Carlos Ruiz. It could
be his flopping. It could be his dirty play.
Major League Soccer's punishment for Ricardo Clark's kick attack on Carlos Ruiz could come as
early as today. MLS officials interviewed Clark and Ruiz on Tuesday and suspensions and fines
For those of you who missed it, Clark kicked Ruiz in the shoulder as Ruiz lay on the ground
following a FC Dallas free kick. A closer look at the video reveals that Ruiz wasn't exactly
blameless in the incident.
Good afternoon folks. I am about to watch the Champions League match between Manchester United
and Roma and figured it would be a good time to do a running commentary for those of you who can't
watch the match and for those of you who want to exchange opinions and views on the match.
Let's get started:
HALFTIME- DaMarcus Beasley with an assist as his corner kick sets up Rangers
lone goal to lead Lyon 1-0.
Good afternoon folks. For those of you who weren't aware, Manchester United and Roma will meet
in Champions League action at 2:30pm on ESPN2. Barcelona/Stuttgart is on ESPN Deportes at 2:30pm
for those of you lucky enough to get it. If you don't mind watching via tape delay you can see
Barcelona/Stuttgart on ESPN Classic at 5pm.
Alessandro Del Piero has become synonymous with Juventus but the Italian striker's days with the
Turin club may be coming to an end, and you have to wonder if a trip to the United States is in his
Contract talks between Del Piero and Juventus have stalled, meaning Del Piero could see the exit
door next summer, if not sooner.
September was a month to remember in European soccer. From Lionel Messi's heroics to Cesc
Fabregas sudden goal-scoring prowess, there were plenty of players who stepped their game up and
made the game a joy to watch.
How do you pick the very best players for the month of September? The first thing you do is
accept the fact that there is no such thing as a perfect selection for a Best XI.
The Houston Dynamo midfielder pulled his right leg back and kicked FC Dallas forward Carlos Ruiz
in the shoulder as Ruiz lay on the ground following a sequence late in Houston's 3-0 win against FC
Dallas. The kick left fans and players in a bit of shock at seeing the normally mild-mannered
player react in such a way.
What a week of upsets. AC Milan ties Catania, Roma loses two in a week, PSV ties NAC Breda and
Chelsea's freefall continued with a tie against Fulham.
As you can expect, the SBI European Top 10 had a thorough shakeup because of all of these
results. The top two spots remain unchanged, with Real Madrid holding on to the top spot (courtesy
of Sergio Ramos' game-winner against Getafe) with Arsenal right behind them.
Kasey Keller didn't waste any time rewarding Fulham coach Lawrie Sanchez for making him the
Cottagers' No. 1 goalkeeper. Keller made four saves in shutting out Chelsea on Saturday, along with
the help of Carlos Bocanegra, who played a strong match. Clint Dempsey played his part. No, he
didn't score, but Dempsey did collide with Chelsea captain John Terry, leaving him with a fractured
Admit it. Before last week you had never heard of Greg Ryan. Only die-hard followers of the U.S.
women's national soccer team had heard of the anonymous coach before his fateful decision to start
Briana Scurry against Brazil in the World Cup semifinals last week. Now Ryan has quickly become as
well-known an American soccer coach as you'll find, be it in men's soccer or women's soccer.